Danish interior designer guide

January 2, 2020

Danish interior designers have been around early since the 1930s. Light aesthetics, modern furniture and a foundation of minimalist design is how you can some up the Scandinavian style. Danish design is focused on being clean with less clutter and more space. Minimalism is a big trend around the globe and as designers, we all have imitated this style in some form or another. From buildings to blog design, from music to artwork, you will find the minimalist every where you turn. Just ask our designers for their advice.

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We're are going to explain how this modern style can be achieved below in a few points. You may already have some elements of the Scandinavian style in your home, so some of these points will be familiar to you. Let's go over how you can do it like a Danish interior designer.

What exactly is Scandinavian design?

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It began in the early 1930s with several Nordic countries such as Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The design aspect reflects the condition of these countries such as light, cold and being covered with white snow. This environment is transferred into what is called minimalism today. The Scandinavian design is built on simplicity and function. In the 1950s, people began to recognise this style as being clean and affordable.

Danish interior designers bring a combination of industrial, rustic, and shabby chic together for what we see today. Due to the short Scandinavian days designers emphasised on space and light that brought simplicity and cosiness to many homes. The key to this particular style is negative space, decor and organisation. This brings us to our next point, elements.

What are the elements of Scandinavian design?

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Here we will go over a list of some basic elements to design like the Danish. We'll start with open spaces, this is the essential ingredient to give breath to your room. This element is clutter free, clean and can save you hundreds on buying excessive furniture. This a real "less is more" approach to the minimal feel.

Next up are white or bright walls. You will notice when designing your rooms that adding this element can make your room appear larger than it is. Combining this with the previous element will make your room much more spacious and appearing clean. You can add some light shade variations for your walls can add flair but maintain it's cleanliness.

Having all white or one light colour for your scheme can be OK but you may one to spice it up with a colour that pops. Let's make an example of this element. You can have an off white colour for your walls then a chocolate brown for your pillow casing, bedding, furniture or even a rug. Lastly you can an accenting colour to finish of the scheme, this can be a green for smaller parts of your room, like a pot plant on your night stand for example. Three colours in this order is known as the 60 30 10 rule int he design world, white being the dominant, brown bring the secondary then green being your accent colours. While on the subject of green we will cover our next element.

Adding greenery to your home can add that extra bit of life to your room. You may of seen in many adverts, posters and magazines utilising this style. Ever seen a clean background, a brown table with a plant on the top? That's the signature of the botanical approach to designing the Scandinavian way.

These are just the bare basics of the Danish interior designer. There are many more elements you can look up for example, we recently covered botanical in our 4 modern bedroom ideas for home post. Hopefully these will provide a starting point for selecting the right elements for you.

Becoming a Danish interior designer

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Now some of you might not be from Denmark but you certainly can interior design like one. This is just an expansion on our previous point to upgrading your home.

So we got a grasp on some of the basics, so how do we get the Scandi look by going further? Let's start with wood flooring. When it comes to minimal design, wall to wall carpeting is rarely used. The typical Scandinavian choice would be gorgeous wood flooring. With your light walls you can have a nice creme shade for your wood to give it some mild contrast. Adding a rug over the wood with a secondary or accenting colour or pattern will bring the set together for that cosy feel.

As previously stated, lighting is very important due to the short days for Native Scandinavians. There are multiple ways you can pick out the right lighting for your room. To add more warmth to your interior, you can use floor lamps and even good old fashioned candles. In the modern age, the popularity to giving your room the natural feel has risen over the years.

Adding patterns is another great way to add flavor to your over all design. These are typically found in pillows, cushions and bedding as well as rugs as your centre piece. These also tend to be accenting colours that nicely pops with the correct choice of colour. These patterns can vary from lines, stripes, diamonds and many more styles to choose from.

Get rid of all of the extra junk in your room. There are many homes with very cluttered spaces with extra clothes, items and bits lying around. So a part of the design process is to find out your excess items and get rid of them. This will give you more room to work with for rearranging and designing your room.

Today we covered a small handful of elements and techniques you can use. There are many ways you can decorate your room the a Danish interior designer so be on the look out for new trends as well as digging for older elements. If you are in need of direct service for your bedroom, you can see our service list.

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